Award Winner Recap

Here's the next batch of Award winners:
  • Best Chef: Northwest: Matt Dillon, Sitka & Spruce, Seattle
  • Best Chef: Pacific: Matt Molina, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
  • Best Chef: Northeast: Tim Cushman, O Ya, Boston
  • Best Chef: South: Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL
  • America’s Classics: Jones B-B-Q Diner, Mariana, AR
  • Best Chef: Southeast: (tie) Hugh Acheson, Five and Ten, Athens, GA, AND Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta
  • Best Chef: Southwest: Paul Qui, Uchiko, Austin, TX
  • Humanitarian of the Year: Charlie Trotter
  • America’s Classics: Shady Glen, Manchester, CT

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What Would You Cook for James Beard? Part III


What would you make for James Beard if you had him over for dinner? Here are the dishes two of our gala reception chefs would cook for JB if they had the chance:


Nora Pouillon, Restaurant Nora, Washington, D.C.
“I learned how to cook American food by reading James Beard’s books. He had a weakness for braises and ragoûts, as well as regional food and fruit desserts, so I’d translate that into a Hungarian goulash with gnocchi followed by a Viennese-style apple strudel.”


JBF Award Winner Jimmy Schmidt, Morgan’s in the Desert at La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta, CA
“To start, a real absinthe martini, which he loved and drank when I first met him in New York. A first course of oysters poached in a Champagne sauce, which he ate endlessly at the London chop house in Detroit, followed by a roasted saddle of lamb with a ragoût of lentils. Dessert would be twisted s’mores: marshmallow ice cream, chocolate ganache, and cinnamon tuiles.”... Read more >

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Tie for Best Chef Southeast: Hugh Acheson and Linton Hopkins


Our Best Chef: Southeast Award is a tie! The awards go to: 

Hugh Acheson
Five and Ten, Athens, GA
This is Hugh’s second win this weekend. The first was at Friday’s awards dinner for his book, A New Turn in the South. If he had the chance to host James Beard for dinner, Hugh would serve shad roe with bacon and capers over grits. 
Linton Hopkins
Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta
This is Linton Hopkins’s first James Beard Award. The Atlanta native first read about James Beard while browsing through his grandfather’s library as a young boy, and we hear that he plays a mean banjo.

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America's Classics: Shady Glen, Manchester, CT

Here's another 2012 America's Classic inductee: Shady Glen of Manchester, Connecticut:


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Best Chef Southwest: Paul Qui


The award for Best Chef: Southwest goes to:


Paul Qui
Uchiko, Austin, TX


This is the second year in a row that an Austin chef has taken home the JBF Award for this region. Twenty-five years from now, Paul hopes to be eating his way around the world. 

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Best Chef South: Chris Hastings



Chris Hastings

Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL
Chris is only the second chef from Birmingham to take home a JBF Award. Chris was 12 when his mother first introduced him to James Beard’s American Cookery, and the rest is history. 

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Humanitarian of the Year: Charlie Trotter

Since he established the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation in 1999, Charlie Trotter has worked hard to encourage and support the pursuit of culinary education for students in the Chicago area. Watch a short video about his philanthropy below.


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Best Chef Northeast: Tim Cushman


Tim Cushman
O Ya, Boston
This is Tim’s second nomination and his first win. If Tim could have a meal with anyone, it would be Jimi Hendrix and a guitar jam would be on the menu.

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What Would You Cook for James Beard? Part II


We asked our gala reception chefs what they would cook for James Beard. Here are some more of their responses:
JBF Award–Winning Pastry Chef Emily Luchetti, Farallon and Waterbar, San Francisco
“For dessert I’d make something with his caramel sauce recipe. I have been making it for two decades. It’s my favorite.”
JBF Award Winner Nancy Oakes, Boulevard Restaurant, San Francisco
“I would keep it simple and delicious so we could visit and talk. I’d start with little tomatoes stuffed with very good anchovies and olives, or maybe pork rillettes with croutons, or baked potato skins with caviar. then I’d serve a wilted spinach salad—I love his dressing with fresh water chestnuts, and I would add plenty of good bacon as well—followed by a local San Francisco dish of Dungeness crab cioppino.”
JBF Award Winner, Vitaly Paley, Paley’s Pl

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Best Chef Pacific: Matt Molina


Matt Molina
Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
This is Matt’s first Beard Award. After graduating from the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, Matt began his career at Campanile under the tutelage of JBF Award winner Nancy Silverton. 

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